Southwest Conference Calls for Week of Faithful Witness at the Border


The following article from the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ details the ways people can help with the border crisis, either by joining humanitarian efforts at the Mexican border ("AT the border"), or by helping from home ("FOR the border"; there are many great ideas here!) 
We would like to hear from anyone planning to participate in the Faithful Witness AT the Border Aug. 26-30; the Massachusetts Conference has staff and others attending, and would like to meet up with others from the region. Please email to let us know.

Faithful Witness at the Border
by the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ

Many people have asked us, “What can we do beyond giving money?” 
Faithful Witness AT the Border
The Southwest Conference is calling for a week of Faithful Witness at the Border, August 26 – 30, 2018 that will include:
  • A humanitarian mission to the Mexican side of the border to visit and take supplies to asylum-seekers in shelters and camped out at the ports of entry due to a slowdown in applications being received.
  • Solidarity actions at the detention facilities in Eloy and Florence where parents of kids separated from their families are being held.
  • Training and strategy sessions around ‘Being an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation’ and ‘Acting as an Advocate and Ally’ with members from the UCC Washington office
  • Conversations with local ministry partners in Arizona - The Samaritans and other immigration ministry groups.
  • A visit to Operation Streamline immigration court where parents whose children were taken away are appearing in the hope of finding their kids.
Click here to read more and sign up for Faithful Witness AT the border (remember to let us know too!); and to learn about Faithful Witness FOR the border actions.